Texas Longhorns football (1940–49)

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Contents: 1940 - 1941 - 1942 - 1943 - 1944 - 1945 - 1946 - 1947 - 1948 - 1949


1940[edit]

1940 Texas Longhorns football
Conference Southwest Conference
1940 record 8-2 (4-2 SWC)
Head coach Dana X. Bible
Home stadium Texas Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 40,500)
Seasons
« 1939 1941 »

The 1940 Texas Longhorns football team represented the University of Texas in the 1940 NCAA college football season. The main highlight of the season was the Impossible Catch by Noble Doss against Texas A&M which set up the only score of the game.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 28 Colorado* Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX W 39–7  
October 5 at Indiana* Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN W 13–6  
October 12 vs. Oklahoma* Cotton BowlDallas, TX (Red River Rivalry) W 19–16  
October 19 at Arkansas #14 Fayetteville, AR (Rivalry) W 21–0  
October 26 at Rice #21 Rice FieldHouston, Texas L 0–13  
November 2 SMU Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX L 13–21  
November 9 Baylor Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX W 13–0  
November 16 at TCU Amon G. Carter StadiumFort Worth, TX W 21–14  
November 28 Texas A&M Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX (Rivalry) W 7–0  
December 7 at Florida* Florida FieldGainesville, FL W 26–0  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

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1941[edit]

1941 Texas Longhorns football
Conference Southwest Conference
Ranking
AP #4
1941 record 8-1-1 (4-1-1 SWC)
Head coach Dana X. Bible
Home stadium Texas Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 40,500)
Seasons
« 1940 1942 »

On November 3, 1941, the Longhorns became the first Texas Longhorn football team to reach #1 in the AP Poll.[2] They were crowned National Champions by three different rating systems: Clyde Berryman, James Howell, and the Williamson System.[3] The 1941 National Championship is officially recognized by the NCAA.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 27 at Colorado* Colorado StadiumBoulder, CO W 34–6  
October 4 LSU* Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX W 34–0  
October 11 vs. Oklahoma* Cotton BowlDallas, TX (Red River Rivalry) W 40–7  
October 18 Arkansas #2 Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX (Rivalry) W 48–14  
October 25 Rice #2 Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX W 40–0  
November 1 at #20 SMU #2 Dallas, TX W 34–0  
November 8 at Baylor #1 Waco StadiumWaco, TX T 7–7  
November 15 TCU #2 Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX L 7–14  
November 27 at #2 Texas A&M #10 Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX (Rivalry) W 23–0  
December 6 Oregon* #4 Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX W 71–7  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

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1942[edit]

1942 Texas Longhorns football
Cotton Bowl Classic Champions
Southwest Conference Champions
Conference Southwest Conference
Ranking
AP #11
1942 record 9-2 (5-1 SWC)
Head coach Dana X. Bible
Home stadium Texas Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 40,500)
Seasons
« 1941 1943 »

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 19 Corpus Christi Naval Air Station* Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX W 40–0  
September 26 Kansas State* Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX W 64–0  
October 3 at Northwestern* Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL L 0–3  
October 10 vs. Oklahoma* Cotton BowlDallas, TX (Red River Rivalry) W 7–0  
October 17 at Arkansas #20 Little Rock, AR (Rivalry) W 47–6  
October 25 at Rice #15 Rice FieldHouston, Texas W 12–7  
October 31 SMU #17 Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX W 21–7  
November 7 Baylor #14 Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX W 20–0  
November 14 at TCU #8 Amon G. Carter StadiumFort Worth, TX L 7–13  
November 26 Texas A&M #18 Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX (Rivalry) W 12–6  
January 1, 1943 vs. #5 Georgia Tech* #11 Cotton Bowl • Dallas, TX (Cotton Bowl Classic) W 14–7  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

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Awards and honors[edit]

  • Jack Freeman, Cotton Bowl co-Most Valuable Player
  • Roy McKay, Cotton Bowl co-Most Valuable Player
  • Stanley Mauldin, Cotton Bowl co-Most Valuable Player

1943[edit]

1943 Texas Longhorns football
Conference Southwest Conference
Ranking
AP #14
1943 record 7-1-1 (5-0 SWC)
Head coach Dana X. Bible
Home stadium Texas Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 40,500)
Seasons
« 1942 1944 »

Before the season began, Tom Landry left the Longhorns and joined the Army Air Corps.[6]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 25 Blackland Army Air Field* Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX W 65–6  
October 2 #11 Southwestern* Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX L 7–14  
October 9 vs. Oklahoma* Cotton BowlDallas, TX (Red River Rivalry) W 13–7  
October 16 Arkansas Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX (Rivalry) W 34–0  
October 23 Rice #16 Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX W 58–0  
October 30 at SMU #16 Dallas, TX W 20–0  
November 13 TCU #16 Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX W 46–7  
November 25 at #16 Texas A&M #12 Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX (Rivalry) W 27–13  
January 1, 1944 vs. Randolph Field* #14 Cotton Bowl • Dallas, TX (Cotton Bowl Classic) T 7–7  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

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Awards and honors[edit]

  • Joe Parker, Cotton Bowl co-Most Valuable Player

1944[edit]

1944 Texas Longhorns football
Conference Southwest Conference
1944 record 5-4 (3-2 SWC)
Head coach Dana X. Bible
Home stadium Texas Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 40,500)
Seasons
« 1943 1945 »

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 30 Southwestern* Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX W 20–0  
October 7 #4 Randolph Field* Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX L 6–42  
October 14 vs. Oklahoma* Cotton BowlDallas, TX (Red River Rivalry) W 20–0  
October 21 at Arkansas Little Rock, AR (Rivalry) W 19–0  
October 28 at Rice Rice FieldHouston, Texas L 0–7  
November 4 SMU Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX W 34–7  
November 11 Oklahoma A&M* Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX L 8–13  
November 18 at TCU Amon G. Carter StadiumFort Worth, TX L 6–7  
November 30 Texas A&M Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX (Rivalry) W 6–0  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

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1945[edit]

1945 Texas Longhorns football
Cotton Bowl Classic Champions
Southwest Conference Champions
Conference Southwest Conference
Ranking
AP #10
1945 record 10-1 (5-1 SWC)
Head coach Dana X. Bible
Home stadium Texas Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 40,500)
Seasons
« 1944 1946 »

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 22 Bergstrom Field* Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX W 13–7  
September 29 Southwestern* Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX W 46–0  
October 6 Texas Tech* Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX (Rivalry) W 33–0  
October 13 vs. Oklahoma* #10 Cotton BowlDallas, TX (Red River Rivalry) W 12–7  
October 20 at Arkansas #10 Little Rock, AR (Rivalry) W 34–7  
October 27 Rice #9 Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX L 6–7  
November 3 at SMU #19 Dallas, TX W 12–7  
November 10 Baylor #17 Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX W 21–14  
November 17 TCU #17 Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX W 20–0  
November 29 at Texas A&M #10 Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX (Rivalry) W 20–10  
January 1, 1946 vs. Missouri* #10 Cotton Bowl • Dallas, TX (Cotton Bowl Classic) W 40–27  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

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Awards and honors[edit]

  • Hub Bechtol, End, Cotton Bowl co-Most Valuable Player
  • Bobby Layne, Back, Cotton Bowl co-Most Valuable Player
  • Hub Bechtol, Consensus All-American[10]

1946[edit]

1946 Texas Longhorns football
Conference Southwest Conference
Ranking
AP #15
1946 record 8–2 (4–2 SWC)
Head coach Dana X. Bible
Home stadium Texas Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 40,500)
Seasons
« 1945 1947 »

1947[edit]

1947 Texas Longhorns football
Sugar Bowl Champions
Sugar Bowl vs. #6 Alabama, W 27–7
Conference Southwest Conference
Ranking
AP #5
1947 record 10-1 (5-1 SWC)
Head coach Blair Cherry
Home stadium Texas Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 40,500)
Seasons
« 1946 1948 »

The 1947 Texas Longhorns football team represented the University of Texas in the 1947 NCAA college football season. They were crowned National Champions by the Massey Ratings System, however this poll selection is not deemed major by the NCAA therefore the school does not officially recognize the 1947 season as National Champions.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 20 Texas Tech* Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX (Rivalry) W 33–0  
September 27 at Oregon* Hayward FieldEugene, OR W 38–13  
October 4 #19 North Carolina* Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX W 34–0  
October 11 vs. #15 Oklahoma* #3 Cotton BowlDallas, TX (Red River Rivalry) W 34–14  
October 18 Arkansas #3 Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX (Rivalry) W 21–6  
October 25 Rice #3 Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX W 12–0  
November 1 at #8 SMU #3 Cotton Bowl • Dallas, TX L 13–14  
November 8 Baylor #8 Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX W 28–7  
November 15 TCU #7 Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX W 20–0  
November 27 at Texas A&M #7 Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX (Rivalry) W 32–13  
January 1, 1948 vs. #6 Alabama* #5 Tulane StadiumNew Orleans, LA (Sugar Bowl) W 27–7  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

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Awards and honors[edit]

  • Bobby Layne, Quarterback, Sugar Bowl Most Valuable Player
  • Bobby Layne, Consensus All-American[12]

1948[edit]

1948 Texas Longhorns football
Orange Bowl Champions
Orange Bowl vs. #8 Georgia, W 41–28
Conference Southwest Conference
1948 record 7-3-1 (4-1-1 SWC)
Head coach Blair Cherry
Home stadium Texas Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 60,130)
Seasons
« 1947 1949 »

The 1948 Texas Longhorns football team represented the University of Texas in the 1948 NCAA college football season. After the season, Tom Landry signed with the New York Yanks of the All-America Football Conference.[13]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 18 LSU* Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX W 33–0  
September 25 at #2 North Carolina* Kenan Memorial StadiumChapel Hill, NC L 7–34  
October 2 New Mexico* Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX W 47–0  
October 9 vs. Oklahoma* #16 Cotton BowlDallas, TX (Red River Rivalry) L 14–20  
October 16 Arkansas Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX (Rivalry) W 14–6  
October 23 at Rice Rice FieldHouston, TX W 20–7  
October 30 #11 SMU Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX L 6–21  
November 6 at Baylor Waco StadiumWaco, TX W 13–10  
November 13 at TCU Amon G. Carter StadiumFort Worth, TX W 14–7  
November 25 Texas A&M Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX (Rivalry) T 14–14  
January 1, 1949 vs. #8 Georgia* Burdine StadiumMiami, FL (Orange Bowl) W 41–28  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

1949[edit]

1949 Texas Longhorns football
Conference Southwest Conference
1949 record 6-4 (3-3 SWC)
Head coach Blair Cherry
Home stadium Texas Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 60,130)
Seasons
« 1948 1950 »

The 1949 Texas Longhorns football team represented the University of Texas in the 1949 NCAA college football season.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 17 Texas Tech* Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX (Rivalry) W 43–0  
September 24 at Temple* Temple StadiumPhiladelphia, PA W 54–0  
October 4 Idaho* Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX W 56–7  
October 8 vs. #3 Oklahoma* #12 Cotton BowlDallas, TX (Red River Rivalry) L 14–20  
October 15 Arkansas #16 Fayetteville, AR (Rivalry) W 27–14  
October 22 #9 Rice #10 Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX L 15–17  
October 29 at #11 SMU #19 Cotton Bowl • Dallas, TX L 6–7  
November 5 #6 Baylor Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX W 20–0  
November 12 TCU #13 Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX L 13–14  
November 24 at Texas A&M Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX (Rivalry) W 42–14  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

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